Rachel Wood is a kind woman, but not a very energetic one. She is Kit’s mother’s sister, so she is Kit’s aunt. Kit goes to live with her when her grandfather dies. She was once very pretty, but the harsh colonial life has caught up with her and her beauty has faded.
Rachel is not the disciplinarian of the household. That is her husband Matthew. Rachel tends to go along with Matthew’s wishes.
Even though Rachel doesn’t get involved in politics or seem to actively state her opinions, we know that she cares about Kit and treats her well. She also seems to care for others, including Hannah. This demonstrates personal strength as well, since Hannah is an outcast.